Datsyuk is recovering from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him almost two weeks. This will be his fourth Olympics.
Datsyuk says on Twitter he is "honored" by the captain's spot. He adds that the team "embraces the opportunity and responsibility of representing our country on the home ice."
Ovechkin is the only Russian captain in the NHL and voiced support for Datsyuk on the day Olympic rosters were announced. Kovalchuk left the New Jersey Devils to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
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